DeLissio to host 102nd Town Hall meeting virtually Jan. 23

(Jan 14, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her 102 nd Town Hall meeting virtually at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Topics include an update on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, redistricting reform including the current effort to gerrymander the courts, and Pennie, the state’s health insurance marketplace. “As we are beginning a new legislative session, this town hall meeting provides an opportunity to update friends and neighbors on what is happening in Harrisburg as well as share information on important topics like the COVID-19 vaccine,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “These virtual town hall meetings have proven to be a good way to stay in touch while staying safe, and I invite all residents of my district to join in.” The meeting will be held using Zoom and will also be livestreamed on DeLissio’s Facebook page . Those interested in joining should register by 5 p.m. Jan. 22 by emailing RepDeLissio@pahouse.net . Zoom login information will then be sent to those registered. Comments or questions can also be emailed in advance to RepDeLissio@pahouse.net or by leaving a message at 215-482-8726. This will be DeLissio’s 10th town hall held virtually since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and mitigation efforts necessitated different means to communicate and provide information. Previous town hall meetings can be viewed on her website, www.RepDeLissio.com . Read more

 

102nd Town Hall Meeting

(Jan 11, 2021)

State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host her 102 nd Town Hall meeting virtually at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Topics include an update on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, redistricting reform including the current effort to gerrymander the courts, and Pennie, the state’s health insurance marketplace. “As we are beginning a new legislative session, this town hall meeting provides an opportunity to update friends and neighbors on what is happening in Harrisburg as well as share information on important topics like the COVID-19 vaccine,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “These virtual town hall meetings have proven to be a good way to stay in touch while staying safe, and I invite all residents of my district to join in.” The meeting will be held using Zoom and will also be livestreamed on DeLissio’s Facebook page . Those interested in joining should register by 5 p.m. Jan. 22 by emailing RepDeLissio@pahouse.net . Zoom login information will then be sent to those registered. Comments or questions can also be emailed in advance to RepDeLissio@pahouse.net or by leaving a message at 215-482-8726. This will be DeLissio’s 10th town hall held virtually since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and mitigation efforts necessitated different means to communicate and provide information. Previous town hall meetings can be viewed on her website, www.RepDeLissio.com . Read more

 

E-BLAST: Becoming a minority committee chair; 102nd Town Hall Meeting; Virtual PA Farm Show

(Jan 08, 2021)

This week, it was an honor to be sworn in for my sixth term as representative of the 194th district and to be named minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee. Read more

 

DeLissio announces $1M grant for Share Food Program

(Jan 08, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 8 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced that Share Food Program was awarded a $1 million state grant to support improvements at the food organization’s warehouse. Share Food Program distributes food to 1,000,000 neighbors in need each month, over 50% of whom are children, and 12% who are seniors or people with disabilities. Share Food Program will use the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant to add new roof sections at its warehouse, including a new solar energy system that will help offset about 50% of the organization’s energy output. “These roof repairs are a critical need for a phenomenal organization that does vital work to reduce hunger, and the energy efficiency improvements will help Share Food Program devote more resources to its core mission of reducing hunger,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. George Matysik, executive director of Share, said “We could not be more grateful to have Representative DeLissio as an ally during this critical time. The new roof will help Share realize our food distribution warehouse’s full capacity, and predictable, low-cost renewable energy and resiliency will help Share direct more resources towards our number one aim of providing food to those who are hungry.” DeLissio added, “I was pleased to support Share Food’s request for funding to help the organization meet the increased demand for food in our Read more

 

DeLissio named minority committee chair, sworn in for sixth term

(Jan 07, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 7 - State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, who has been named minority chair of the House Children and Youth Committee, was sworn in on Tuesday for her sixth term as representative of the 194th Legislative District. “It is my honor to continue to represent the citizens of the 194th District. I remain committed to ongoing dialogue with my constituents to hear their ideas, thoughts and concerns so that I can best represent their interests in Harrisburg,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “The past year has been difficult and created additional challenges for the legislature to tackle. As we begin a new session, I am focusing on my new committee responsibilities as minority chair and focused on a review of the House rules to ensure fairness in how legislation is considered. “Currently Pennsylvania scores zero in fairness as rated by FairVote.org. Bipartisanship remains an important factor in my everyday work; my reputation for working across the aisle has produced productive conversations that build meaningful relationships, which help to advance the best policy possible.” Committee chairmanships are assigned based on seniority. The House Children and Youth Committee reviews bills pertaining to the youngest citizens of Pennsylvania, as well as bills that affect the Office of Children, Youth and Families under the Department of Human Services, and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, which is overseen by both the Read more

 

House Democrats fight to increase transparency and accountability, make sure the people come first

(Jan 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – A group of 10 House Democrats announced the introduction of changes to the Operating Rules of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to reduce the impact of partisan politics, make sure ideas with broad public support get a fair hearing, and restore the people’s faith in government after the damage done by extremists in Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg. The People Before Politics plan was crafted with this central idea: lawmakers work for the people, not the other way around. It focuses on openness, transparency and citizen control of the legislative process. The People Before Politics plan includes the following proposals: Amendment 1 – The Voice of the People, sponsored by Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila. This amendment would make sure each House member has an opportunity to speak at a designated time during the first full session day of the week on any topic, similar to how the U.S. House of Representatives allows members to speak. This change would end the requirement of “unanimous consent” so often abused by extremists to silence members and prevent legislative topics bottled up in committee from being heard by the people. Amendment 2 – Let the People See, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware . This amendment would restore the rule requiring a full 24 hours before final passage of any bill, including all bills amended in the House chamber or in committee, or sent over from the state Read more

 

East Falls Local Article: Proud To Be a Chair (AKA Ranking Member)

(Jan 01, 2021)

Happy New Year! Like many of you, I am thrilled to have 2020 in the rearview mirror. We are not yet home free but we are headed in that direction with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations. I am truly honored to have been re-elected to represent the 194 th . Swearing in day is January 5 and our first day of session is scheduled for January 11. This session will be the first time I serve in the role of a minority chairman for one of the PA House committees. This chairmanship is awarded based on seniority and I am looking forward to serving in this capacity. We will find out our committee assignment closer to swearing in day and I will be sure to share that news. Even though my committee assignment, as of this writing, is yet to be determined, I plan to ensure that stakeholders are brought to the table consistently to discuss the legislation that is referred to my committee and that impacts them. Too often, I see stakeholders contacted after the fact and in some instances not at all. Stakeholders represent many varied interests and are often highly nuanced in the impact of the policy under discussion. Working across the aisle is also a critical part of my plan. On many occasions policy is developed by one party or the other, but in my opinion, the best policy is developed by a joint effort because it can incorporate a broader approach that will increase the likelihood the policy will be voted out of the chamber without contentious debate. It will also be Read more

 

East Falls NOW Article: The Year Ahead

(Jan 01, 2021)

The Year Ahead Thank you for your vote and confidence to return me to the PA House. Thank you for letting me share a few reflections on the two-year session that ended November 30, 2020 and to share my hope for the session that began December 1, 2020. On one hand, I am surprised that we are at the beginning of another year. On the other hand, 2020 took its good old time exiting and will, in my mind, always feel like Sherman’s March to the Sea during the Civil War. In March, the House passed a rule to permit remote voting, which in actuality was providing our proxy to the Whip who would then vote on our behalf. The Whip made every effort to ensure votes were cast as the member desired, however, there was no opportunity for remarks or debate if you chose not to be on the floor of the House for votes. With the exception of 3 days where I voted remotely, I was always on the floor of the House, taking appropriate precautions, because it was vital to me that I use my voice to represent you. I do not regret the decision to be present in the Capitol and will continue that in-person participation in 2021. Additionally, I found it vital to be present for committee meetings in order to participate in debate and share in discussion with my colleagues regarding the legislation before us. The year is off to a decent start with the rollout of COVID-19 related vaccines. We are not out of the woods yet, and it will be months, in my opinion, before the pandemic Read more

 

E-BLAST: Happy holidays and a hopeful New Year due to vaccine rollout

(Dec 23, 2020)

Last week, distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine began in Pennsylvania, serving as a point of hope towards a healthier and safer 2021. Read more

 

E-BLAST: Henry Ave SIP contract awarded; Working For You In the Office and Remotely

(Dec 07, 2020)

Dear Neighbor, This week, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation awarded a nearly $12.9-million contract for the first segment of the Henry Avenue Safety Improvement Plan. This study began in 2012, is paid for entirely with federal funds and had significant community input over a 5-year period. Read more

 

DeLissio: Contract awarded for Henry Avenue Safety Improvement Plan

(Dec 04, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 4 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has awarded a nearly $12.9 million contract for the first segment of the Henry Avenue Safety Improvement Plan. This study began in 2012, is paid for entirely with federal funds and had significant community input over a five-year period. PennDOT has awarded the contract to Road-Con Inc. of West Chester, Chester County, to implement calming measures designed to encourage decreased speed, redesign the highway infrastructure, improve mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists and to upgrade traffic signals along the 3.2-mile section of Henry Avenue, between Port Royal Avenue and the Wissahickon Creek Bridge (Barnes Street). “This is an important step in the efforts to improve safety on Henry Avenue. Citizen input has been a crucial part of the process, and I’m grateful to everyone who has participated and offered feedback,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “I’m eager for work to begin and I continue to encourage drivers to slow down and drive responsibly now and while construction takes place.” Construction is expected to begin in spring 2021 and finish in late 2023. PennDOT plans to maintain traffic on Henry Avenue during construction through long-term lane shifts and short-term single-lane closures. Due to the level of community involvement, the plan was divided in two segments; SIP runs from Port Royal Read more

 

WATCH: 101st Town Hall Updates on Election, State Budget and Henry Avenue Safety Improvement Plan

(Nov 24, 2020)

Listen to the discussion about efforts to ensure every vote counts, the state budget, and an update on the safety improvement plan for Henry Avenue. Read more

 

E-BLAST: Every Vote Counts; Join me for my 101st Town Hall Nov. 24th

(Nov 13, 2020)

Dear Neighbor, According to election results posted on the PA Department of State website at dos.pa.gov, I am honored to continue to serve as your elected state representative in the 194th Legislative District for the 2021-2022 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Read more

 

RESCHEDULED: DeLissio to host 101st Town Hall meeting Nov. 24

(Nov 06, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 10 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio has rescheduled her 101 st Town Hall meeting, which will now take place virtually at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24. The meeting had to be rescheduled because of additional House session days added to the calendar. Topics of discussion will include efforts to ensure every vote counts, the state budget and an update on the safety improvement plan for Henry Avenue. “In the wake of the election, there’s critical legislative work ahead and there are important updates to discuss,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “I’m looking forward to gathering virtually with residents of the 194 th District to share information and hear their feedback on the issues facing our state.” The meeting will be held via Zoom. Anyone who wants to participate through Zoom must register in advance of 9:30 a.m. Nov. 24 at this link or by email at RepDeLissio@pahouse.net for the Zoom details. Zoom login information will then be sent by staff. Participants should look for that email in advance of the Town Hall. Comments or questions can be posted live in the chat. Every effort will be made to respond live to questions and comments posted during the Town Hall. Comments or questions can also be emailed in advance to RepDeLissio@pahouse.net , or a message can be left at 215-482-8726. The Town Hall can also be viewed on Read more

 

East Falls NOW Article: When it Comes to Rating a Fair Agenda: PA Scores Zero

(Nov 01, 2020)

The Pennsylvania General Assembly meets in a two-year session and we are winding down to the end of our 2019-2020 session on November 30. Plenty of bills have been introduced this session, fewer brought to the floor for a vote, and very few signed into law. Why is this? According to a study conducted by Fair Vote, a national nonpartisan organization advocating for electoral reform, PA scores zero on an index of the fairness of rules governing the legislative agenda in its state chambers. You may ask, why does PA score zero? We score zero because our legislative leaders have significant control and power over what bills run in committee and what bills run on the floor of each chamber. Of the 99 legislative chambers in the United States, (Nebraska has a unicameral legislature) 23 chambers require committees to hear all bills; 18 chambers require committees to report all bills and 33 chambers automatically place bills reported from committee on the agenda for a floor vote. If you are looking for a fair state that has received a 100% score on this fairness index, we can look to Colorado for an example. The legislature in Colorado has truly been committed to reform by requiring each bill submitted to the Colorado legislature to receive a full hearing and a committee vote, ending the Rules Committee which party leaders often used to stop legislation from reaching a full floor vote , and cementing their rules in their Read more

 

East Falls Local Article: What’s In a Name?

(Nov 01, 2020)

Planned Parenthood. I like the name. I like the concept. Planning your family. Planning to be a parent. As many of us know, being a parent is a serious and life-long responsibility. This responsibility brings some of the greatest joys and worries we can experience. Therefore, doing our best to ensure that we, as individuals or as a couple, are in the best position to support, nurture and care for children is a good and laudable way to approach parenthood. Interestingly and unfortunately, Planned Parenthood gets caught up in the debate on abortion care with little to no recognition by some that their services are much broader and much deeper and necessary. However, due to the actions of the current federal administration all of the services of Planned Parenthood have been placed in jeopardy. Title X is the nation’s federal family planning program, created under the Nixon Administration to ensure access to affordable birth control and reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood has participated in the program since its inception, and has been the largest provider in the program, serving 40 percent of all Title X patients. Services under Title X include diagnostic exams, pap tests, breast cancer screenings, pregnancy testing, birth control, sexually transmitted infections (STI) and HIV screening and treatment. Clinics now have to draw a “bright line” between abortion care services and all Read more

 

E-BLAST: Free Shred Event Tomorrow; 100th Town Hall Monday,10/26 @ 7; Have You Voted?

(Oct 23, 2020)

Come out for my last FREE fall Shred Event this Saturday Read more

 

DeLissio to host 100th Town Hall meeting virtually Oct. 26

(Oct 16, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will host her 100 th Town Hall meeting via Facebook Live and possibly Zoom at 7 p.m. Oct. 26. Topics will include the upcoming election, the state budget and House legislative updates. “As we approach the 100 th meeting, I’m very proud of this commitment to have ongoing dialogue with my constituents. Whether we have a handful of attendees or 100, the discussions are valuable, and it’s important for me to hear residents’ thoughts on state policy issues,” DeLissio said. “I remain committed to keeping my constituents informed and hearing their views, and these virtual events have proven to be an effective way to keep up communication during the pandemic.” Anyone interested should visit www.facebook.com/RepDeLissio a few minutes before 7 p.m. on Oct. 26. Comments or questions can be posted live in the comment stream on Facebook Live during the town hall, or they can be emailed in advance to RepDeLissio@pahouse.net , or a message can be left at 215-482-8726. The town hall might also be conducted via Zoom. To inquire if Zoom will be available, those interested should email RepDeLissio@pahouse.net and include their full address and name. This will be DeLissio’s eighth consecutive town hall virtually since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and mitigation efforts necessitated different means to Read more

 

DeLissio to host free shred event Oct. 24

(Oct 16, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 16 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio will host a free shred event Saturday, Oct. 24 to help constituents safely dispose of unwanted personal documents. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Main Street Theatre parking lot, 3720 Main St., Manayunk. “This is the final shred event I’ve scheduled this fall, and I’m pleased to provide this opportunity for residents of the 194 th Legislative District to dispose of old documents,” said DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila. “Shredding is environmentally friendly and a great way to protect yourself from identity theft.” The event will be held rain or shine. Attendees must wear masks and practice social distancing . Shredding will be done on-site with COVID-19 protocols in place, and all shredded paper will be recycled. There is a limit of four grocery bags or banker boxes per household, and attendees will be asked to transport their materials from their vehicles to the bins for shredding. Newspapers, magazines and journals will not be accepted. The event will end sooner than 11 a.m. if the truck is full. Common types of unwanted items for shredding include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank and investment statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance and health records, and retirement or pension fund information. Anyone Read more

 

DeLissio notified of ‘close contact’ with COVID-19 case

(Oct 02, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 – On Thursday, Oct. 1, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio was notified that she was a ‘close contact’ on Sept. 29 to another member who tested positive for COVID-19. A close contact is identified as an individual who was within 6 feet or less for a duration of longer than 10 minutes of a probable or confirmed case. The exposure happened at the House Health Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon. DeLissio has been directed to self-quarantine for 14 days and her quarantine will end on Oct. 14. The representative will also arrange to be tested in the next few days and will make those results known to her constituents. The House’s scheduled session on Oct. 1 was canceled due to the disclosure of the member who tested positive. DeLissio returned home to her district that afternoon. The next scheduled session day is Monday, Oct. 19. “I was surprised when I learned that my colleague and friend Representative Paul Schemel disclosed that he had COVID, and I immediately remembered having sat next to him during the Health Committee meeting,” DeLissio said. DeLissio further commented that she was not surprised when she got the call identifying her as a close contact and directing her to self-quarantine. “I will miss being at Farmers’ Markets for the next two weekends, answering questions about mail-in voting, satellite offices and polling locations, and I will endeavor Read more

 

DeLissio to host 102nd Town Hall meeting virtually Jan. 23
Jan 14, 2021

102nd Town Hall Meeting
Jan 11, 2021

E-BLAST: Becoming a minority committee chair; 102nd Town Hall Meeting; Virtual PA Farm Show
Jan 08, 2021

DeLissio announces $1M grant for Share Food Program
Jan 08, 2021

DeLissio named minority committee chair, sworn in for sixth term
Jan 07, 2021

House Democrats fight to increase transparency and accountability, make sure the people come first
Jan 04, 2021

East Falls Local Article: Proud To Be a Chair (AKA Ranking Member)
Jan 01, 2021

East Falls NOW Article: The Year Ahead
Jan 01, 2021

E-BLAST: Happy holidays and a hopeful New Year due to vaccine rollout
Dec 23, 2020

E-BLAST: Henry Ave SIP contract awarded; Working For You In the Office and Remotely
Dec 07, 2020

DeLissio: Contract awarded for Henry Avenue Safety Improvement Plan
Dec 04, 2020

WATCH: 101st Town Hall Updates on Election, State Budget and Henry Avenue Safety Improvement Plan
Nov 24, 2020

E-BLAST: Every Vote Counts; Join me for my 101st Town Hall Nov. 24th
Nov 13, 2020

RESCHEDULED: DeLissio to host 101st Town Hall meeting Nov. 24
Nov 06, 2020

East Falls NOW Article: When it Comes to Rating a Fair Agenda: PA Scores Zero
Nov 01, 2020

East Falls Local Article: What’s In a Name?
Nov 01, 2020

E-BLAST: Free Shred Event Tomorrow; 100th Town Hall Monday,10/26 @ 7; Have You Voted?
Oct 23, 2020

DeLissio to host 100th Town Hall meeting virtually Oct. 26
Oct 16, 2020

DeLissio to host free shred event Oct. 24
Oct 16, 2020

DeLissio notified of ‘close contact’ with COVID-19 case
Oct 02, 2020